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USAT Merritt

  • Laid down, date unknown, by Shanghai Dock & Engineering Co, at Shanghai, China
  • Launched in early 1912
  • Accepted for service by the Quartermaster Department 24 April 1912
  • Named in honor of Maj. Gen. Wesley Merritt, Civil War and Indian War hero and commander of the VIII Corps during the Spanish American War
  • Assigned to the A.T.S. Pacific Fleet with homeport at Manila, P.I, and further assigned to the Philippine Inter-Island Service
  • USAT Merritt often transported troops and supplies between garrisons in the Philippines, but made occasional voyages to transfer troops and supplies to garrisons in China
  • Participated in famine relief operations for China in October 1920 by delivering food to Chingwangtao
  • Transported former White Army Russian soldiers and their families, exiled from Vladivostok in 1922, from Manila, PI, to San Francisco arriving there 1 July 1923
  • Decommissioned and sold, 20 October 1932, to Vincente F. Fernandez at Manila, renamed SS Bisayas
  • Sunk, 2 January 1942, in Manila Harbor; raised by the Japanese and renamed as the SS Hishigata Maru
  • Final Disposition, sunk, 1 February 1945, by aircraft of the 5th Air Force off San Fernando, Lingayen, P.I.
    Displacement 2,898 t.
    Length 300'
    Beam 45'
    Draft 29'3"
    Speed unknown
    Complement and Troop Accommodations
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    Propulsion unknown
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    Merritt 101k USAT Merritt left and USAT Thomas moored at Manila, P.I. 3 September 1915. Tommy Trampp
    Merritt 65k USAT Merritt at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo source in unknown.
    Merritt 83k USAT Merritt at anchor, location unknown
    US National Archives RG-111-US Army Signal Corps still photo collection
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941, Vol. 4
    Merritt 79k USAT Merritt moored pierside at Vladivostok, Russia in 1923.
    Photo source in unknown.
    Merritt 95k USAT Merritt moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    The history USAT Merritt is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol.4
    01CAPT. McLellan, Edgar S., A.T.S.January 1919 - April 1919
    02UnknownApril 1919 - February 1921
    03CAPT. Olsen, Carl. A., A.T.S.February 1921 - 18 March 1921
    04CAPT. Baker, Charles, A.T.S.18 March 1921 - 21 April 1921
    05UnknownApril 1921 - 20 October 1932

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    Last Updated 4 May 2019